Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Busing now a factor when applying for school in Lakewood

Its registration season season now and parents are applying to schools.
What used to be a non issue is now a major factor for parents deciding on where to send their kids to school in Lakewood. Since not all schools have busing, parents are applying to the schools that do have. The Larger schools in particular have busing since they got the first bids from the LSTA. The smaller schools are no guarantee to have busing many still dont. Some schools arranged private transportation or  parents are car pooling, but in general its the smaller schools that will have a harder time with applications do to the lack of busing. For those living in Jackson its a headache too and people might start looking at distance when choosing a school.

Simches/events Lakewood Nov 30 2016

-Chasuna: Kanarek- Willner at Ateres Reva hall, Lakewood

-Seudas Rosh Chodesh Kislev- Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe 6:30 at home of    R' Modche Feldheim 986 West Kennedy Bl Lakewood NJ 08701

-Parlor Meeting- yeshiva Bais Hachinuch at 37 Garfield Guest speaker Rav Lipa  Geldwerth 8:00 pm

-Parlor meeting- Westgate Night kollel at the Westgate Simcha hall 8:30  reception program 10 pm

-End of Shiva Chizuk - Teleconference for Ladies Lezecher nishmas Hayeled   Shmuel Hillel A''h ben  Reb Yehoshua Leib Notis shlita. 8:00-8:45 pm by Rav Avrohom Helberg dial in conference 401-694-1602 ext. 414

Yom Kippur Koton Lkwd Erev Rosh Chodesh Kislev

Satmar B'M  on Forest every half hour
Lev Avos 1:20
Somerset walk 1:20
Westgate Kelmwood 2:45

List of Write ins for Lakewood township November 2016 general elections

Wondering why voting took so long this year? there were many write ins in Lakewood which explains why voters spent some time in the booth. Below is the list of all write in candidates for the November general elections in Lakewood. Ted Cruz got 56 votes, Mcmulin,44, Rubio,30, AK,7, HH got 2 for president 5 for township and BOE, Berni Sanders,13. Melech Hamashiach got 2 for president. For the BOE ticket Moshe Raitzik got 4992  for the expired 1 year term and Moshe Kuperwasser got 3,615 for the 2 year term,Raitzik 711 too.

TAY schedule- lkwd news

-Update: LPD makes arrest in Gunpoint robbery in Lakewood

-Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe is in Lakewood Shachris today at 8 O'clock at the host in Lakewood by R' Menashe Frankel 1415 Ardenwood Ave Lakewood NJ 08701
-Cops: 2 Lakewood men robbed at gunpoint
-Rav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein in Lakewood

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


vee es kristzelsach ideltzach at I play America

Lakewood kabolas Panim for Rav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein

The Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Kiryas Melech in Bnei Brak, Rav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein, will be arriving in the United States today from Bnei Brak.  He will be staying in Lakewood, NJ, for a few days.
The Rosh Yeshiva is visiting on behalf of his kollel, Ohel Sarah. The kollel was established by the Rosh Yeshiva in memory of his wife, Rebbetzin Rassia Borenstein a”h.A Kabbolas Ponim for Rav Borenstein will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Lutzker Bais Medrash, located at 520 Lakewood New Egypt Road in Lakewood.

Website posts all Lakewood Planning and Zoning board applications

First Amendment Activist blog HERE features all current applications in Lakewood sent to the planning and zoning boards. Residents can look up the actual site plans and map details including address location and how many proposed units. The township website lists applications with vague details only block and lot numbers, in many cases leaving out important information the public should know about. In some cases neighbors are not notified of pensding construction plans in their area. In addition to the website there is a youtube channel to see videos of the actual board meetings in the township. 
Sample of blog post below

Gov. Christie press conference announces rennovations of statehouse, no plan to join Trump admin, yet

Watch Below $300,000,000 million overhaul of Executive wing at the statehouse in Trenton.

Photo: Lakewood Chaveirim

Assisting a Police car with a lockout

Our Representatives Let Us Down in Voting to Legalize Assisted Suicide

Letter Jewishlink
I would like to express my opinion regarding one of the biggest new threats to America and America’s Jewish community, which is the legalization and normalization of assisted suicide around the United States. Assisted suicide is the suicide of a patient affected by the taking of lethal drugs provided by a doctor for this purpose. This total lack of regard for human life is the anathema of Torah Judaism.  (watch Video Here)
Two sessions ago, four assembly members sponsored the first New Jersey assisted suicide bill. Unfortunately, two of those four represent the bulk of

Monday, November 28, 2016

Oif Simches Lkwd Nov 28 2016

-Vort: Hachosson  Mordechai Mencahem Yagen ben Rav Yosef to Kallah bas R; Dovid Diskind at R' Blech's shul
-Wedding: Elozer Zywica to Bluma Dessler Bas R' Tzvi Yoel at N'eemas Hachaim hall, Lakewood,

Lakewood BOE to look into out of district students

At the BOE meeting last week a resident asked the board what they are doing about out of district students attending public schools in Lakewood. The claim is that the bi-lingual nature of the Lakewood public school is attractive to outsiders, with students from nearby towns coming to Lakewood schools. Read HERE. The board responded by contracting a address verification firm that will look into the matter and match up all students with the home address they provide upon registering. The numbers simply dont add up, how does enrollment of public school kids keep going up when the community is moving out of Lakewood. There is no set amount but it could be in the hundreds, in addition there may be students who are no longer in the district but still officially enrolled on the books.  

Admorim to visit Lakewood

 The Toldos Aharon Rebbe from Yerushalayim Rav Dovid Kohn will be spending  this coming Shabbos Parshas Toldos in Lakewood. His older brother the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe, Rav Shmuel Yaakov Kohn will be in Lakewood this week from Tuesday to Thursday at 968 W. Kennedy Blvd.

The Viznitz Rebbe of Bnei Brak Rav Yisrael Hager (רבי שרולצ'ע) is coming to Lakewood for the first time as Rebbe, he will spend Shabbos Parshas ויצא in Lakewood with hundreds of chasidim.  

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Oif Simches Lakewood Nov 27

Wedding: Czitter- Laskin at Ateres Chana hall in Bais Faiga.
Chasuna: Yelen- Silver at N'eemas Hachaim hall
Vort: Chosson Yehuda Leib Lieberman to Kallah Raizy Schwartzman bas R' Tzvi at Bais Horaah Madison and 4th Lakewood, NJ  7:30 pm
Vort: Chosson Dov Ber Tillim Ben R' Yochanan to Hakallah Sheindy Frost Bas R' Moshe at 1005 Princeton Ave Lakewood 7:30 pm

TBL: Explaining misconceptions

Take Back Lakewood post. 
See our ad in the voice on page 261. In the public forum on page 100, the Zoning Board Chairman was interviewed. He said that Lakewood is a pro-growth town and there is nothing wrong with growth. He blamed the state, county and township for not upgrading our roads. He said that if the township starts developing paper streets then then state will see that we are serious and they will be forced to widen Route 9 (huh??). This is a common deflection routine practiced here. Blame the State. If only they widened route 9 everything would be fine! Don't fall for this. The blame lies right here. Everyone keeps on saying that with the proper infrastructure we can have growth. Well, since we don't have the proper infrastructure, why are so many large projects in crowded neighborhoods getting approved? 

Lakewood township reassessment for 2017 information on Tax impact

Proposed value of all properties in Lakewood for 2017 $9,659,250,00
went up 3 billion dollars from the current $6,451,459,200
Detail on the new tax rates:

Search HERE - lists 15,000 of the 25,000 properties in LKWD and how much they were assessed at. 

They provided a worksheet where you can calculate new tax, HERE 

Basically, the old rate was 2.93. Since Lakewood properties overall went up by 50%, if your value went up by more than 50% you have and increase and less than 50% you have a decrease. Approx new rate will be 1.957 subject to change based on 2017 budget. In the excel – enter old and new values into the first 2 yellow cells and the rest calculates automatic.

Submitted via comment.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Asifa for busing in Lakewood

A large asifa will take place this week in Lakewood to discuss the busing crisis. No not Lakewood busing but the transportation of children to chinuch Atzmoi schools in Eretz Yisrael. As chazal say 
 כל המתפלל בעד חברו והוא צריך לאותו דבר הוא נענה תחילה

Friday, November 25, 2016

ערב שבת פרשת חיי שרה שבת מברכים חודש כסלו Lakewood Zmanim

Friday, November 25, 2016 / כ"ד חשון 
Candle lighting 4:15 PM 
Shkiah: 4:33 
Rosh Chodesh Kislev is on Thursday
 (Molad Tuesday 4:08 pm 6 chalakim) 
Weather for shabbos- Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 53F..

Kapishnetzer Rebbe will be in Lakewood for this Shabbos at the Bais Medrash  55 Finchely

באש ובמים - עם ישראל חי

Singer Avrohom Fried writes about the fires burning in Eretz Yisrael the words of a recent song come to mind.  ( listen to song below)

כשהקלטתי את השיר הזה, מילותיו של הנביא ישעיהו ריגשו אותי בעוצמתם, אך לא ידעתי עד כמה יהיו רלבנטיות יום אחד בארץ הקודש. "כי-תעבור במים איתך-אני, ובנהרות לא ישטפוך:  כי-תלך במו-אש לא תיכווה, ולהבה לא תבער-בך." (ישעיהו מ"ג)
המלב"ים שואל על הפסוק הזה, מדוע הכפילות? במים/בנהרות", "באש/להבה". ועונה שם, כי ישנם שני סוגים של הצלה. יש הצלה בדרך הטבע. במצב בו ה' יתברך שומר על האדם שלא יתקרב אליו המזיק. אבל יש גם הצלה ניסית, כך שאפילו אם יהיה במקום בו יש אש ומים, הטבע שלהם מתבטל ולא מזיק לו 

 ואנו עומדים משתאים מול הניסים הגדולים ב"ה לעמנו, מול החוסן של עם ישראל ביום הקשה הזה,

Why such a short school day?

The Friday schedule in Lakewood for some of the girls schools is getting shorter and shorter. Girls are going to school for just about 1 hour on Friday. The buses dont get there before 9:40 and at 11:15 girls are getting dismissed! Yes busing is an issue, but its not fair for the kids and for the parents who now have to shorten their Friday workday even more. Something has got to give. The overall Friday schedule in Lakewood should be changed. 

Letter to Orthodox Jewish Communities in Boro Park, Flatbush and Lakewood

By R’ Nachman Caller, the Republican District Leader of Boro Park and Midwood

I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation and thanks to our Jewish brethren in Boro Park, Flatbush and Lakewood for responding to our call and expressing the voice of Torah and Yiddishkeit in the Presidential elections. 
We gave our President-Elect Donald Trump our overwhelming support. Seventy percent of the Boro Park-Flatbush community (our Assembly District 48 gave Donald Trump the most votes in Brooklyn) and 79 percent of the Lakewood community cast their votes for Donald Trump.

We must continue to express our support for our new President-elect. He is

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Leil shishi

Oif Simchas Lakewood Nov 24 2016

-Vort: Hachosson Chaim Berman to Kallah Chana Zylberberg  7:30-10:30, at their home 1967 New Central. ave. Lakewood, NJ
-Wedding: Zeldes- Gould at Fountain Ballroom Lakewood cheder

Whats on sale?

Letter: Looking for info on the Lakewood- Manhattan commute

Dear Fellow Lakewooders,
I am a Lakewood resident who recently got a job in Manhattan. I am new to the commuting schedule and have no familiarity with Lakewood-Manhattan busses. If anyone can provide information and contact info for such daily transportation between Lakewood and Manhattan, both ways, it would greatly appreciated. Also, if there is information about davening Shacharis, that would helpful. 
Also, perhaps readers can advise whether it is better to take a bus than to drive myself, and what the cost considerations are. Other helpful info would be with regard to driving to the end of Jersey, parking somewhere there, and then taking a train into Manhattan, and whether that is a viable option.
Thank you and tizku l'mitzvos.

A Lakewood Resident

Black Friday weekend special sale at Toys for Thought- receive $50 gift certificate

Unadvertised Hefkervelt special! At Toys for thought Black Friday weekend special sale . Spend $200 dollars at Toys For thought And receive a $50 dollar gift certificate to be used towards a future purchase after December 1st. Sale is good through this Sunday. Cannot use store credit or gift cards for 200 dollar purchase. One offer per family. Toys for thought 310 3rd street Lakewood. Mention HV at checkout and receive a free game to make you smile!

Video: Master Plan Transportation subcommittee Residents give constructive traffic fixes.

Township should not vacate E. kennedy and open it up- 48:00
Take back vacated streets and open them up with eminent domain 
Build a bridge over the Lake to Sunset rd
pedestrian bridge from N. Lake to S. Lake
Enforce sidewalks at commercial properties in residential areas
Make one way streets like in boro park
no double side parking on narrow streets
Dualize Rt 9 Dualize Rt9 Dualize Rt 9 Dualize rt 9 widen rt 9

22:20 – Resident asks the planner for a simple plan to solve the traffic problem, not to merely identify it.
25:45 – chairman says they don’t have a solution 
26:40 – Justin says Lakewood is not a city. More of a sub – urban area meaning we don’t ride backs or walking. Resident disagrees. Says ( the chassidishe woman ) moving in from Brooklyn do not drive and only

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tefillos for Rav Matisyahu Salomon

Matzav- All are asked to say Tehillim for Rav Matisyahu Salomon, mashgiach of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, who is in need of a refuah shleimah, as Hatzolah has transported him to Monmouth Medical Southern Campus in Lakewood.
The name for Tehillim is Matisyahu Chaim ben Ettil.

Oif Simchas Lakewood Nov 23 16

Wedding: Krasnow- Weiner at Neemas Hachaim hall
Chasunah: Rivlin-Garfinkel at Lake Terrace hall Lakewood
Chasuna: Braunfeld- Kuritzky at Ateres Chana hall Bais Faiga

Take Back Lakewood: A progress report

TBL- B''H we have accomplished a lot in a little over a month. When developers are starting to change the applications that they submit because they know they will be rejected we know we have really come a long way. We have an open communication channel with all of the township committee members, and we are actively pursuing things behind closed doors to stop this at a larger level instead of having to fight every application at the meeting. We actually did start a fundraiser page but I haven't been pushing it at all and it really is time to start. I have been self-funding this until now, but to reach out on a grander scale we need to get a lawyer involved and we need to communicate better to the community so that people know what we have done and how they can help. We will be making a big push to get a lot of people to come to

Video: Senior Community Needs Subcommittee of the Lakewood master plan

Video: courtesy of First Amendment Activist
6:10 – talk about shopping centers
6:50- by the end of 2017 all senior homes in Lakewood will be built. 
7:40 – in general senior communities are not as popular 
8:23- orthodox seniors purchasing senior homes
11:00 – schools next to senior communities 


Petirah of 2 month old baby boy who did not wake up this morning R"L Hayeled Shmuel Hillel A''H son of Rabbi and Mrs. Yehoshua Leib Notis. Levaya in Lakewood (4:00 pm) this afternoon at the Chapel on 7th street. Shiva at 21 Kletzk Hill in Westgate. Shachris 8:00 am Mincha 1:40 Maariv 10:00 pm. May the family know of no more Tzaar and only simchas.

Lakewood Township offices closed for Thanksgiving day, no busing

-LSTA no busses on Thanksgiving
-Lakewood shuttle will not provide service on Thanksgivig day
-Lakewood Township Municipal Offices will be Closed on Thursday, November 24, 2016 and Friday, November 25, 2016 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Video- Answering the Skeptics what does Agudah do

Answering the Skeptics: Why We Need A Strong Agudah! from Agudath Israel 
Helping busing in Lakewood.. Many still without bussing!!

Oif Simches Nov 22 Lkwd

-Vort: Hachoson Pinchos Gelb to Kallah Bas R' Noach Leshinsky at River Terrace 1094 River Avenue Lakewood
-Vort: Hachosson Shlomo Zalman Ellinson to Kallah Lederer at the Bais Horaah 4th And Madison, Lakewood,  NJ.
-Wedding: Shmuel Baruch Shear  at Lake Terrace hall -Wedding: Rosenblum- Fiddle in Ateres Chana hall at Bais Faiga.

Lakewood residents get reassessment letters Property Taxes shoot up

Lakewood homeowners received their new tax bill following the reassessment and shockingly but not surprisingly Taxes have gone up a significant amount. Homes were assessed to reflect current market values in many cases of inflated home prices. To soften the blow township officials claim they may lower the tax rate to even things out, buy that has not happened in a while. BOE taxes and Fire district taxes went up this year too. The Fire dept is asking for another increase next month. The big question continues to be asked WHER IS ALL THE MONEY GOING???? So many new homes built bringing in new ratables why is there not enough money?

Officials shift blame on Lakewood traffic

 An article in The Voice of Lakewood discusses the Traffic situation in Lakewood. Residents from  across town were interviewed about the traffic in their areas. Township officials too, gave their two cents, but ignored and left out the real factors, instead, they blame the state  the county or other govt red tape. No one took blame for vacating streets that were designed to have a proper grid with streets leading into one another. No one mentioned the through streets that were closed off such as Arlington, Kennedy, streets off Pine and Oak that should have been open to through traffic. No one mentioned that high density that is adding thousands of cars to streets that are not built for it. No one mentioned that the much needed light by Pine street and MLK should be put up, or the traffic light that's already installed on Pine and Avenue of the states is still not activated because of special interest. But, we are told that our elected officials are working very hard and doing all they can to alleviate the problem. Its typical political double talk pretend you care while you look the other way and blame others for what you have created.

Meeeting today: Senior community needs subcommitee

Please be advised that the Senior Community Needs Subcommittee of the
Lakewood Township Master Plan Committee will be conducting meeting on
November 22, 2016 at 11:00am in Room 18 of the Lakewood Township Municipal Building.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Rare manuscript published in honor of a chasunah in Lakewood

At a wedding last night in Lakewood guests received a special gift. A sefer was published in honor of the simcha, based on an extremely rare manuscript of Rabbi Moses Isserles' (The Rama) Haggaaos to the Rambam's Moreh Nevukhim. Published for the first time ever.

Photo credit : Menachem Butler

Oif Simches Lakewood Nov 21 16

-Vort: Hachosson Elya Melamed ben R' Yisrael Meir to Hakalla Miri Blumenfeld at Ateres Yeshaya hall from 6 to 9 PM
-Vort: Hachooson Yossi Reidel to Kallah Blumenkrantzat R' Gissenger hall
-Chasunah: Schorr- Cohen at Ateres Chana hall Bais Faiga

Photo: New interior look of Ateres Chana hall

Snaps photo Contest extended through this week

Snaps Photo Contest extended through this week:
"Snap" a photo and you could win a $50 gift certificate to Snap's Kosher in Lakewood, NJ
We want to test your photography skills, so we're giving away $50 EVERY DAY this week to the newly opened Snaps Kosher restaurant. For more on the restaurant, click here:
How to win $50 to the restaurant:
1) Go to the restaurant and place an order ($10 minimum)
2) Snap a picture of it with the Snaps menu in the photo.
3) Post in on our group
And at the end of the day, we will randomly pick a winner from all Snap photos and gi

Lakewood township now encouraging public to attend masterplan committee meetings after public outcry

 It was in mid July when a reporter (here)walked in on a subcommittee meeting that was taking place in private and refused to leave when asked to. The reporter told the committee they are violating state law by meeting in closed session and are in violation of the open meetings act by not letting the public know. The meeting was called,
 Now Lakewood township reversed its decision and is openly reaching out and encouraging the public to attend the meetings. The next transportation subcommittee meeting will take place tomorrow. the Township posted this on its website:
 "The Transportation Subcommittee of the Master Plan Advisory Board will meet on Nov 22 at 5:30pm in the Court Room of the Lakewood Township Municipal Building. This subcommittee is tasked
with recommendation for traffic and circulation improvement.
Public attendance is encouraged. Participants are asked to pre-type their suggestions/comments to be handed into the chairman."

Hatzolah of Lakewood phone lines are down call Police in case of emergency

Updated: Phone Lines are now back up and operational
 Hatzolah lines in Lkwd are down. If you have an emergency, call 732-363-0200 and dial 0, Police dept will connect you to hatzolah.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Video: Planning Board Lakewood, NJ 11 15 16

59:30 – Planner will admit he does not know. 
1:03:00 - Edward Liston Esq. says the traffic engineer never went to college and is not licensed and should not be a qualified witness. 
1:04:27 – Chairman mocks qualified traffic engineers who come and say there is no traffic on route 9
1:05:18 – Weinstein Esq. admits that a traffic report has never been submitted to the board. 
1:15:00 – Mr Liston Esq. forces the applicant to testify 
1:21:40 - Mr Liston Esq. questions the knowledge and credentials of traffic expert. Chairman and lawyer beg him not to. 
1:22:00 – traffic engineer shows very poor knowledge of everything. 

Oif Simches Lakewood Nov 20, 2016

-Vort: Chosson Moshe Dovid  Levin (JD) to Kallah Leah Cohen!! Vort  at Cohen  home 1120 Somerset Ave from 5-8 pm.
-Chasunah: Bergmann-Helmreich wedding at Fountain Ballroom Lakewood  cheder Kabolas Ponim 5:00; Chupa 6:00.
-Engaged: Yossi Reidel to Blumenkrantz from Lkwd (vort tomorrow in KZY)
-Engaged: Chaim Berman to Chana Zylberberg (Vort Thurs. Nov 24, 7:30-10:30, at their home 1967 New Central.)

Tonight: Kvias mezuzhah at new Bobov- 45 shteeble in Lakewood with the Rebbe

Bobbov-45 Rebbi will be in Lakewood tonight for Kvias Meziza & L'Chaim at 6:30 in The New Shteeble. BOBOV ~ 45 

Sunday events Lakewood

-Bnos of Lakewood all girls Primary- 4th grade at Lakewood high school 855 Somerset $15 membership.UST PAY $3 dollars more if you pay at the door for yearly membership!!!

-Mens Health screening event at Chemed, Lakewood 1-5 pm today Sunday Nov,20 sponsored by Lakewood Hatzolah, Bikur Cholim (reports of $5 reqiured donation)
-The Print House Evening of Art with renowned artist Brachi Horen 332 River Ave, Lakewood ,NJ 7-10PM tonight

Howell mayor- "absolutely disgusting comments made on social media" about development owned by Orthodox

From Howell Mayor William Gotto isn't happy about "absolutely disgusting" comments he said were made on social media about a controversial affordable housing project owned by an Orthodox Jewish group. In fact, he made his disdain publicly known when he bemoaned at a council meeting on Nov. 9 and in a subsequent letter to residents, riling them even more. Read more HERE
In addition The Orthodox yeshiva files a lawsuit against Howell township read more HERE

Sunday morning Keynote session at Agudah convention live stream

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hail storm in Lakewood as cold front moves in, NWS issues wind advisory

What a difference a few hours make. From a gorgeous shabbos afternoon weather in the mid 60's temps plummeted to the 30's with a hail storm and possible mix of rain and snow. The National weather service also issued a wind advisory through Monday at 6 pm. a WIND ADVISORY for COASTAL OCEAN, EASTERN MONMOUTH, MERCER, MIDDLESEX, MORRIS, OCEAN, SOMERSET,..

Meleva Malka Motzei shabbos Parshas Vayeira 5777

-Melava Malka Yeshiva Aderes Hatorah of Yerushalayim Rabbi Senter's Yeshiva at 1460 Walden Ct, Lakewood, 8:00 pm

-Bnos Melava Malka  for 5th 6th 7th grade girls in Lakewood at Esther Gerber hall 7:30- 9:30 pm

-In the mood of fleishigs? Open Motzei Shabbos till 1:00 am
1) #Mentoast  2) #HeimishChinese

-  8:00 pm- Agudah convention Motzei Shabbos Keynote session watch LIVE HERE

Friday, November 18, 2016

ערב שבת פרשת וירא Zmanim for Lakewood

Friday, November 18, 2016 / י"ז חשון תשע"ז
-Candle lighting is at 4:19 pm
-Shkiah 4:37 pm
-Shachris earlier in shul for krias shma
-Shabbos Weather A mainly sunny sky. High 63F. 
- mazel tov to the many Balei simcha, Shalom zachor,Bris, Kiddush, Bar Mitzva,Oifruf, Sheva Brachos
-Admor M'Spinka will be in Lakewood for shabbos at the B'M 424 15th street between Forest and Madison Friday night Tish 9:00 Shalosh seudos 5:00 pm

Bnos of Lakewood events this Motzei Shabbos and Sunday

Events are Free with purchase of membership card from local advisor for $15 family rate of 2 or more is $30

Google Hits Pixel Resellers With 'Digital Death Sentence'

"Daniel Levy, who has been locked out from his Google account since Monday, said he has learned a hard lesson, though not necessarily the one the company intended. "They confiscated my property and shouldn't be trusted," said Levy, who lives in Lakewood, New Jersey. "I will never use their services again." AP 
The story was first posted on DansDeals where Google has suspended the accounts of users for violating its terms and conditions. Several people who recently bought Google's new Pixel phone on behalf of a New Hampshire dealer are now suffering that punishment after the company detected their online purchases and judged they violated its terms of service.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Oif Simches/ events Lakewood Nov 17 2016

-Chasunah: Feinroth- Orbach at Ateres Chana hall
-Meyer- Lubin at Fountain Ballroom at Lakewood Cheder
-Engaged:Chana Zylberberg is engaged to Chaim Berman 
-Parlor Meeting for Alexander Zusha ben Aliza Zusha Rosenblum who was injured in a car accident after returning from entertaining the sick he needs rachmei shamayim and the family needs money to survive. Please come to  2 Sienna way Lakewood from 8 pm to midnight hot fleishig buffet.

Watch live Broadcast of the Agudah convention Thursday night Keynote session


APP: Lakewood leaders, Orthodox voters were looking for a candidate that will uphold conservative values

Questioned about Donald Trump's White House pick of Stephen Bannon that he has anti semitic views, Lakewood community leaders tell the APP "I don’t think the voters bought into the narrative that the campaign in any way was anti-Semitic, nor that Steve Bannon was anti-Semitic," said Rabbi Aaron Kotler, president and chief executive officer of the Lakewood-based Beth Medrash Govoha yeshiva. The article also discusses the large votes for Trump in Lakewood "in Lakewood, it's not a surprising number," said Rabbi Avi Schnall, director of Agudath Israel of America's New Jersey office. "A candidate is a candidate, what people say beyond what the candidate represents, that’s not the candidate, that's not who anyone votes for." Read more at 

Video: Fall Foliage at Lakewood's Lake Carasaljo

Photography By Gregory Coraggio

BDE: Rav Zvi Aharon Karmel zt”l It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Zvi Aharon Karmel zt”l of Flatbush, Brooklyn. He was 59 years old. Rav Zvi was a beloved R”M at Yeshivas Novominsk, where he was marbitz Torah for years.  Levaya in Novominsk yeshiva in BP 12pm, Kevurah in Lakewood.
A talmid muvhak of Rav Nachum Partzovitz zt”l at Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim, Rav Zvi was one of the first talmidim at Yeshiva

Agudah convention begins tonight, Sunday keynote will discuss Lakewoods growth

The 2016 Agudah convention commences tonight in Stamford, CT. There will be a live streamed program HERE  hosted by Lakewood Agudah rep Rabbi Avi Schnall. The Sunday morning keynote will discuss the explosive Growth in local communities such as Lakewood, Monsey and other areas.

Explosive Growth, Explosive Blowback: The Specter of Rising Anti-Semitism in Local Communities Rabbi Yaakov Bender Ari Felberman Rabbi Avi Schnall  Yehuda Weissmandl MODERATOR Rabbi Yochonon Donn

Lakewood BOE meeting tonight

Lakewood, NJ Board Of Education Public Meeting 11/17/2016 6:30 PM at 855 Somerset Avenue meeting Agenda HERE

Lakewood township will pay for courtesy busing of public school kids for next 3 years $1.6 million per year from taxpayer money.
 -Resolved, that the Board of Education hereby approves the agreement with the Township of Lakewood for public school courtesy busing for the 2016-17 school year through the 2018-2019 in accordance with the terms and conditions thereof. 
more spending on the agenda

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Oif Simches Lkwd Nov 16 2016

-Vort: Hachosson Zevy Schecter engaged to Kallah Miriam Horowitz from LA. Vort Tonight at Schecter home 1477 walden Ave. Lakewood @ 7:30 pm.

- Wedding: Karmel- Munk at Ateres Chana hall Bais Faiga
-Chasunah: Efrati- Wasserman At N'eemas Hachaim hall Lakewood
-Chasuna: Samet- Knobel @ Lake Terrace hall Lakewood, NJ

TVOL- Planning chairman" Vacating paper streets ruins the infrastructure in Lakewood"

An interview in last weeks issue of the Voice of Lakewood, The chairman of the Lakewood township planning board explains how Growth in itself is a good thing but there is something wrong if there is no infrastructure to support it. Additionally, he explains the planing board can not deny an application due to the poor infrastructure in town if the applicant is not asking for any variances.

Lakewood Trump vote, irks the "elitists"

They know better. It didn't take long for the elitists and leftists among us to wag the finger at the Lakewood community for their support of Donald Trump. Trump got 72.9% of the Lakewood vote, Clinton: 23.8%. An op ed posted on Cross- Currents website just cant understand how we had the chutzpah to vote with our own minds and not listen and cow tow to the narrow mindedness of the holier than though sophisticated self appointed aristocrats. How do we as a community vote for a menuval for a person whose public persona is that of a bully etc. To quote from the op-ed: 
"the far greater concern is the outpouring of Orthodox Jewish support for Trump. It is reliably reported that seventy percent of the voters in Lakewood supported him and there are statements in the names of leading Roshei Yeshiva supporting him". 
How can we not listen to these know it all elitists? Others joined in to, even the Blogging Beach Rabbi was shocked, he was crying! The article continues:

There needs to be an explanation as to why a people who are commanded, Kedoshim Tih’yu, embraced a person who just about in every way possible has been the antithesis of sanctity. It is no answer or explanation that Hillary

Evening of Support For Those Challenged With Parkinson's

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Video: Zoning Board Meeting Lakewood 11/14/16

-1:25:20 Chestnut residents remind the board of traffic impact on the area  impossible to make a left onto New Hampshire we are gridlocked between Rt 9 and New Hampshire 
-1:31:30 HH No sales of flying toys any more only toy that sells is pogo stick!  gives members envelopes says the ppl in town can match a better offer than the developers
-147:35 Motion denied

2:15 – most applications adjourned for fear that the public will object 
30:04 - Chaim Abadi asks to adjourn his application. 
53:00 – Application from Cong Maalos Hatorah to build triplexes on Chestnut St. Chairman and lawyer ask many questions. The plans are missing many details. 

Oif Simches Lkwd Nov 15

Vort: Hachoson Moshe Chaim Abraham  Kallah Jaffe at Ateres Yeshaya hall
Wedding- Brody- Epstein Ateres Chana hall, Lakewood

“Bingo” a Kosher Costco Concept opens in Boro Park, plans for Lakewood area store

Ger Rebbe son
As reported back in March HERE “Bingo” a Kosher Costco Concept which has stores in Israel under the Osher Ad label opened its first store in the USA. The Brooklyn store is located in Boro Park at the former Pathmark location at 60th street and 13th avenue. A report in says the store will target the price conscious buyers. "Although the store will be huge and spacious, it will target the price conscious and the bulk buyers, especially the many large families in the area and beyond. Industry sources told Kosher Today that the store, to be called “Bingo” has already negotiated mega deals with kosher manufacturers, including several who agreed to private label for Bingo. The store is set to have a Costco (without the membership) look rather than the appearance of the numerous high-end kosher independent stores that currently dot many Orthodox neighborhoods" 

Lakewood planning board meeting tonight

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:00 P.M.
• SP 2059AA Congregation Tiferes Shmuel Corp – request to utilize synagogue full time rather than weekends only as originally proposed
• SP 1856 Yeshiva Toras Emes – request return of funds held for future sidewalks
• SD 1752 1275 River Holdings, LLC – request to change private roadways to public rightof-ways

Video: Ocean county board of Elections

-3:05- Some Lakewood votes not counted because of issues with ballots placed in the wrong bag in a red supply bag or not properly sealed, Bored worker error causes ballots not to be counted.
- 46:05- Lakewood BOE 2 year term- election committee will count the votes but up to a judge to decide on it.

Lakewood Zoning board backs off imposing recording guidelines, leaves it up to the township committee to decide

At last nights ZB meeting/TBL
At the zoning board last night the ZB attorney and board chairman reiterated they are not camera shy and have nothing against anyone recording the meetings, they understand its anyone's right to come and record either with a video or microphone and anyone is invited to do so including First amendment activist. Originally the board was going to adopt new recording guidelines that will allow taping of meetings while at the same time protecting attorney client privilege which is the opinion of the board attorney.  
The board backed off at the end after discussing (was contacted) the issue with the Lakewood township attorney and decided to let the matter be dealt with by the township committee. If the committee feels the need to set guidelines it can adopt an ordnance to implement guidelines and restrictions.
HT-via comment.

Kosherfest 2016 Opens Today

Secaucus NJ – When the 28th edition of Kosherfest opens Tuesday November 15th for its annual two-day showcase of the best and newest in kosher foods, there will be a great deal of innovation and change at the show. To begin with, there will be more than 90 new exhibitors who will add to the impressive product mix already displayed at the Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Dr, Secaucus, New Jersey 07094 . Of note will be the many new pavilions and booths from overseas, including Spain, Japan, Israel, Canada, the Czech Republic, Korea, South Africa, Bulgaria, Chile, Turkey, the UK, and

Monday, November 14, 2016

Oif Simches Lakewood Nov 14 2016

Chasunah- Kanarek- Zeilberger at Neemas Hachaim hall
Chasunah: Kaplan- Jacobovits at Ateres Reva hall 
Wedding: Sayagh- Amoyelle Lake Terrace hall
Wedding:: Eisenberg- Wolf at Ateres Chana hall in Bais Faiga

Video: At a wedding in Lakewood last night

LUAC meeting tonight

Lakewood Utilities Advisory Committee (LUAC) Meeting tonight Mon, November 14, 7:15pm – 8:15pm at the Municipal Building - Room A.

Tonight: Lakewood Zoning board meetinng

TBL Agenda HERE                  
Appeal # 3989 – 155 Somerset LLC, 155 Somerset Avenue, Block 189 Lot 142, R-10 zone. To construct a duplex requiring variances. Zero lot line subdivision requested.
Appeal # 3991 – Aaron Finkelstein, 121 Somerset Avenue. Block 189.05 Lot 148, R-10 zone. To construct a duplex on 10,145 square feet where 12,000 is required.
Appeal # 3993 – Forest Haven, New Central Avenue & Hillside Blvd. Block 11.12 Lots 1-3 & Block 11.13 Lot 1, R-15 zone.  Use variance to construct 10-2 story multi- family dwellings with basements.

Response from First Amendment Activist to Lakewood zoning board attorney

First Amendment activist responds to the Zoning board attorney regarding new guidelines to limit recordings at board meetings letter posted on the Politicsoc website. HERE
Dear Mr. Dasti,
In your letter dated 11/7/2016 referred to as Lakewood ZB – Video and taping issues GL-25368 you refer to the issue that arose at the 10/31/16 zoning board meeting. At that meeting, Abraham Penzer cited concerns regarding the precision of my microphone causing interference with communications with his client. He claimed that this would cause a violation of attorney client privilege

Lakewood Zoning Board to restrict and limit recordings at Meetings

While mayor Miller said that he has no problem with the microphones or cameras at township meetings, the zoning board is attempting to stop the public from hearing what they are doing. A Letter sent to First amendment activist from the Zoning Board attorney was posted on politicsoc website. In the letter the attorney says he will recommend guidelines for public recording such as, only one video apparatus that must be in the back of the room in order to "protect attorney client privacy".
 Following up on last zoning board meeting meeting where an attorney claimed that a microphone at the podium violates his attorney client privilege. The Lakewood zoning board will adopt an ordinance  at this Monday's meeting to tighten the rules on the pubic recordings of the proceedings. These new rules will make it more difficult to film at public zoning board meetings. More so its looking like an attempt to curb First amendment activist who provides a wonderful service to the Lakewood community by recording township meetings and uploading the videos to YouTube. Read more at

LFD Board meeting Nov 14

 Board of Fire Commissioners Fire District No. 1
316 River Avenue Lakewood, New Jersey 08701
MEETING AGENDA November 14, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Shiva info

Shiva for R' Aron Krawiec z"l- 
Mishpachas Krawiac is sitting Shiva at 2 Dove Lane in Pine River village Lakewood
Shachris 7:15  mincha 4:20 Maariv 8:30 
They will be getting up from shiva Thursday morning

Shiva for R' Chaim Eluzer Zelcer z"l- 
Mishpachas Zelcer is sitting Shiva at 1 Engelberg Terrace off Brook rd
Shachris 7:00 and 8:00
Mincha-Marriv 5:15
Getting up Thursday morning

LHA anouncement

Please be advised that the Lakewood Housing Authority is no longer accepting applications for, or administering the family housing program formerly known as the JFK Apartments. If you applied for family housing with the LHA prior to October 1, 2016 and were on our waiting list, your information has been forwarded to Chambers Crescent, LLC, the new administrators of the program.  Please contact them to find out your status on the waiting list, application changes or any other information.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Oif Simchas Lkwd Nov 13 2016

-Vort: Hachosson Moshe Bernstein (Monsey) to Hakallah Shannie Grunwald at Ateres Yeshaya hall, earlier today. 
-Chasunah- Halberg- Kleinbard at Ateres Chana hall Bais Faiga
-Wedding- Frei- Nussbaum at Lake Terrace hall Lakewood

Lakewood tops list of top 25 Trumpiest town in NJ

A study by NJ advance media of nj towns with a population of 10,000 or more shows, Lakewood, Voted for Donald Trump by the highest victory margin over 50%. reports Lakewood which is also the town with over 10,000 residents that voted for Trump by the highest margin, is home to a large Orthodox Jewish population which has historically been solidly Republican.
Trump towns also have low percentages of foreign-born populations, according to Census figures. Lakewood and Clark Township in Union, with an Hispanic population of about 10 percent, are the towns with the highest foreign-born
populations to make the list. Read more at NJ. com

PHOTOS: Lakewood Chaveirim members help family retrieve diamond ring that went missing in a kitchen.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Video: Lakewood township committee meeting 11/10/16

Tough questions asked Public has had enough!
12:24 Why is the zoning board looking to restrict First amendment activist form recording the meetings
24:15 conflicts of interests- replace zoning board members
30:00 victim of the traffic
48:10 Dont blame only the developers, The Govt should enforce the laws
55:25 why do private citizens have to pay for attorneys to uphold the law 
59:20 HH "Its killing the town" Get off the committee

Melava Malka Parshas Lech Lecha Lakewood

-Rav Basch of Torah Temima will be speaking this Motzei shabbos  7:15 upstairs   in the Bais Horaah  4th and madison.
- Carlbach Kumzitz Melava Malka DR. Rothkopf 34 Caranetta 8:30 pm
-Melava Malka Veretzky Rebbe at B'M Shemen Lemincha 2 Milano drive 9:00 pm
-Vort Hachoson shmuel Leib Dick ben Rav Mordechai to Kallah bas Rav Yisroel Bentzion Schustal at Yeshiva Kneses Bais Levi 831 Coral Avenue
- Yeshiva Ohr Samayach Shabbaton  Chavrusa Program 9:00 pm followed by Melava Malka at KNA Roberts shul

Friday, November 11, 2016

Zmanim for Lakewood ערב שבת פרשת לך לך

Friday, November 11, 2016 / י' חשון תשע"ז
Shabbos is early
Licht Bentching 4:25 pm
Shkiah 4:43
Aisle 9 open up to 1 hr before shabbos

weather high of 52°  low of 34° mainly sunny skies

You dont need the Shabbos project to invite someone

Even without a official Shabbos project in Lakewood, there are still individuals and mishpachos in our midst that can use a friendly invite for a shabbos meal. There are kiruv opportunities right in our own backyard. They may not look like it but there are many people and families living locally who are waiting for someone to reach out to them to acknowledge and accept them. There are yeshiva bochurim, singles working in local stores, single parents, and others if you just reach out will be more than happy to join you for a meal.Next week is the parsha of Hachnosas Orchim if you really want perhaps guest will show up at your door.

Lakewood shabbaton- Experience Lakewood; 'A City Built On Altruism'

Ohr Sameach mentors mission is hosting a Shabbaton in Lakewood this week for 50 students who will Spend an unforgettable weekend in Lakewood, New Jersey; home to the largest Jewish Yeshivah in North America where more than six thousand students engage in all day Talmud study. 
Tentative Weekend Schedule HERE 

Veteran's Day -Lakewood Municipal Offices Closed

Today is Veteran's Day - Municipal Offices Closed. Lakewood Public Schools are closed as well because of the NJEA convention

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Snaps Kosher opened today

Located at 84 Hillside Blvd., Lakewood, in Westgate Plaza (former location of Yussi's Grill).


 Petirah of Reb Chaim Eluzzer Zelcer a''h he was 64The levaya will be at Shemen L'mincha  2 Milano Dr. Lakewood (Brookhill) At 10:00 pm tonight.
There be an additional levaya in Boro Park at Neitra shul 50th bet 14&15 ave at 8:30 am tomorrow morning
Besuros tovos

Oif Simches Lkwd Nov 10

Wedding: Mintz- Miller at Ateres Chana hall Bais Faiga
Wedding: Roszansky-Zimmerman at Lakewood Cheder
Chasunah: Kohn-Krupenia at Ateres Reva hall
Chasunah: Joseph- Bluth at N'eemas HaChaim hall Lakewood NJ

At Exxon rt 9 in Lakewood

video: WOBM

Tonight: Lakewood township Committee meeting

November 10, 2016 7:30 PM
1. Resolution Of The Township Of Lakewood, County Of Ocean, State Of New
Jersey, Accepting The Highest Bid At The Public Auction Held On September 15,
2016 For The Sale Of Property Owned By The Township Of Lakewood, Known As
Block 1153 Lot 1, From The Highest Bidder And Authorizing The Mayor To Execute

Chaos, confusion and a lack of preperdness and planning at polling places in Lakewood

Election day across Lakewood was exciting, there was a  historic presidential vote on the ballot, but on the other hand it was an abysmal collapse of the election infrastructure across Lakewood. Voters waited in lines for over two hours in packed rooms and social halls to cast their vote. Districts were confusing as to who votes where, people living o the same block were told to vote in two different places. Districts with a few thousand registered voters were only staffed with a few voting machines. 
True, many factors contributed to the chaos, Parents brought children to the booth and have them see a democratic voting process take place, and the nature of a democratic election brings more people to the polls.
However a lack of planing on behalf of township officials and the last minute write in endorsements by the Lakewood VAAD and IGUD (which was a mistake) contributed much to the mayhem and made the actual voting take longer by writing in long names. These slots for the BOE were empty for a while and the Igud could have got names up on the ballot earlier preventing the write ins.
 Come tonight to the township meting and demand a better election preparedness and planning for next year.


BD'E, the Levaya of R' Aron Krawiec (father of R' Zevi and R' Avraham Krawiec) is today at 12:30 in Pine River Village Shul, 38 Goldcrest in Lakewood.
At JFK 4:00 pm

Lakewood News links

Lakewood public schools closed today and tomorrow NJEA convention

Dem wins  tight race for Howell Mayor  
"We live next to Lakewood, and that's not going to change." 

RCCS Lakewood Melava Malka

Police still Searching For Gunman In Lakewood Shoe Store Robbery

Georgian Court dorm evacuated for Trump-related bomb threat, cops say

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

And now back to this

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TBL-There is a Township Committee meeting tomorrow night at 231 3rd Street at 7:30 PM. 
We urge all concerned residents of Lakewood to attend to show support. If you are concerned about the unimpeded growth, congestion, density and traffic, this is your chance! If you can, prepare a 4 minute speech. If not, please come anyway and fill up seats in the room so that we can have a strong showing of concerned residents. 
"But I'm not the type of guy to do these things" - It's okay, com anyway and just sit and watch (and clap)
"But all we'll get is insincere promises" - Come anyway. Ask the difficult questions and demand action from the committee members. 
It's time to take a stand and to tell our elected officials that this can't continue!

Oif Simches Nov 9 2016 Lakewood

-Vort: Hachosson Kalman Emanuel (Montreal) to HaKallah Toba Safran Bas R' Sruli Tonight Kahal Chassidim, Cedar Row Lakewood 7:15

-Wedding: Weldler- Stern (R' Shaya) at N'eemas Hachaim hall Lakewood, NJ
-Wedding: Miller- Greenspan Ateres Reva hall
-Wedding Knopf- Licht (R' Yaakov) Ateres chana hall bais Faiga

Lakewood kids rejoice with Trump win, no more whole wheat bread

A Trump victory was good news to many Lakewood kids but nothing to do with politics.
Parents, Rebbeim, and moros were having a hard time with kids not eating school lunches as the kids refused to comply with  regulations implemented by first lady Michelle Obama. The menu calls for whole grain whole wheat bread and no white or rye bread. According to a report the New school lunch standards implemented as a result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign have led to more than 1 million children leaving the lunch line. The kids hope with a new president the good old lunches will be served.